In addition to financial support for struggling students, De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has helped many staff to volunteer on COVID-19 related projects in the community.
Our very own DMU for Life Advancement Assistant, Tabitha Gavin has been working hard to sew headbands, mask adapters and other kit to support NHS frontline workers.
She has currently produced headbands (designed with a button to hold the surgical mask in place and prevent damage to the frontline staff's ears), mask adapters and washbags for carrying scrubs home safely, which have been delivered directly to ITU and to a local NHS healthcare provider.
Supported in delivery by fellow team members Emma Heald and Andrea Casey, they have provided over 200 pieces of equipment to the health service so far. They continue to work together to provide more valuable resources to the heroic NHS staff working night and day during this crisis.
Student nurse works round-the-clock then home schools her four children
How students and staff at DMU are supporting the community at this time
Advice and information on COVID-19
Tabitha said of the effort: "I am in total isolation at the moment, I'm not even going out to exercise due to my son's health conditions but with the support of my colleagues I'm really proud to have been able to provide some assistance to those working on the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak.
"There is a local group coordinating home sewn supplies to the NHS in Leicestershire, who are looking for volunteers to sew scrubs, scrub hats, washbags, button headbands and mask adapters.
"If you can sew, or you know someone who can, they are taking volunteers at all levels from sewing of scrubs to sewing on buttons. They coordinate fundraising, supplies to individuals and focus on health and safe working practices to protect volunteers and frontline workers. I'm hoping to be able to provide further kit for DMU Local volunteers working in the community, which will allow us to do even more to help out."
You can find out more about the national appeal 'For the Love of Scrubs' here.
To help our students struggling with the impact of COVID-19, please consider donating to our Student Hardship Fund.
Posted on Wednesday 22nd April 2020